©2012 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL
Henry Bartlett turned 80 on December 21 and was surprised by friends with a party
last Saturday at Sagebrush restaurant. Ray and Sylvia Snader hosted the event.
|Published: 6:46 AM, 12/31/2012
Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
Most birthday parties are about cake and ice cream, while
celebrating the passing of another year with family and friends but that was
not the purpose of a Newport man.
You may know Henry Bartlett as the small senior citizen
who rides his golf cart from his home near First United Methodist Church to the
fast food restaurants on Cosby Highway.
His friends know him as a deeply religious and independent
man who turned 80 on December 21, the winter solstice. They also know he has
struggled with cerebral palsy and could be the oldest living person in the
world with that disorder incurred at birth.
Friends gathered at the Sagebrush restaurant to wish him
another happy birthday on Saturday, Dec. 29, thanks to Ray and Sylvia Snader,
who hosted the event that afternoon.
The real purpose was "to thank everybody who has
helped me in Newport," he said. He has lived here for about 22 years after
retiring as a bookkeeper with Ryder Truck Rental company's headquarters in
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